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Besides being an ornamental beauty, the leaves taste as great as they smell. It is often recommended for baked fish, in marinades, fried vegetables, fruit salad, custards.
It contains a fragrant oil, thymol, that repels aphids and moths and so can be grown beneficially next to plants plagued by these insects.
Thymus praecox is a creeping dwarf evergreen shrub with woody stems and a taproot. It forms matlike plants that root from the nodes of the squarish, limp stems. Creeping and mounding variants of Thymus praecox are used as border plants and ground cover around gardens and stone paths. It is rather similar to Thymus serpyllum.
Thymus pulegioides is a creeping dwarf evergreen shrub with woody stems and a taproot. It is rather similar to Thymus serpyllum but it is larger, the leaves are wider and all the stems form flowering shoots.
Thymus serpyllum is a creeping dwarf evergreen shrub with woody stems and a taproot. It forms matlike plants that root from the nodes of the squarish, limp stems. Creeping and mounding variants of Thymus serpyllum are used as border plants and ground cover around gardens and stone paths. Thymus serpyllum is an important nectar source plant for honeybees.
This strongly aromatic herb is much cultivated in Eastern and Southern Europe and Northern Africa, but also in the US. Thyme is an important spice of European cuisines, especially in South Europe. It is especially typical for France, where fresh branches of thyme, tied up into bundles together with other fresh herbs, are added to soups, sauces and stews, being removed before serving.
A variety from Guyana, the Wiri Wiri pepper is the illustrious gem; hard sought and rarely found.
Hot peppers, in general, are beautiful, regardless of shape and size. The colors are vibrant, displaying every possible shade of gorgeous red, orange, and yellow. Just looking at them can make your eyes tear and mouth water! The image alone of a hot pepper is very iconic, always resembling the spicy and the exotic.
The Wiri Wiri peppers come from the deep edges of Guyana, pushing into the Brazilian rainforest. They are the real thing, and just like anything genuine, there is nothing quite like it.
What makes it so much different than any other hot pepper grown in the garden or bought at the store?
Hot? Yes, it is important that hot peppers are, but the people who really know, know that it is not just about heat, it is about flavor! And that is exactly what makes this little red gem so special. Guyanese dinners will only take one of those meals for you to never forget! The secret of their food is the flavor, and one of the cornerstone ingredients in many of their dishes is the Wiri pepper. A traditional Guyanese Christmas dinner would be pork stuffed with course leaf thyme and Wiri peppers. The Guyanese population claim that it is not just a key ingredient to their diet, but also to why they are so good looking, live so long, and have such great skin.
The pompon tree is one of the best known and well-loved indigenous trees, tough enough to be used as a street tree and small enough to fit into most gardens. When in flower at Christmas it looks like a giant candy floss, as the tree transforms into a cloud of soft pink balls. The green heads pop open with the many small flowers in tight bunches inside, looking like pink fluff balls. For about three weeks the tree flowers in profusion. The tiny black seeds are formed in the bottom of the little flowers and are ready to collect about month or two after flowering. After flowering, the green cup shaped bracts that held the flowers, become hard and brown, remaining on the tree for many months.
The tree for the garden, fast growing, fairly drought resistant once established and frost hardy. Placing a thick mulch of compost around the base of the tree helps to prevent water from running away, keeps the soil moist and cool, suppresses weed growth and slowly releases nutrients into the soil. Propagation is by semi-hardwood cuttings or by seed sown in spring.
This is a small, sparsely-branched, evergreen shrub, ultimately reaching about 1 metre in height and spread. Leaves lance-shaped, green with cream margins; clusters of small pinkish flowers in winter; flowers very fragrant.
Tolerant of most soils, does not appreciate extremes such as very shallow, chalky soil, poor drainage, etc. Ideally, a deep, well-drained woodland soil with plenty of humus.
Edgeworthia chrysantha is a heavily-wooded deciduous shrub. The genus Edgeworthia comprises three very similar species from China and Japan. It is named after Michael Pakenham Edgeworth (1812-81), a part-time botanist, plant collector and employee of the East India Company. Apparently E. papyrifera has white flowers, not the yellow of E. chrysantha, though some botanists regard them variations of one species. The foliage is attractive, especially when young, but this is a plant grown for its flowers. They are bright yellow aging to creamy white, tubular and about 1cm long. Individually they are nothing much, but they are densely packed in 8cm diameter globose heads. The are very fragrant and open until late winter from buds that have been obvious from late autumn. The flowers are followed by dry, purplish-green berries known technically as drupes. A moist, well-drained, humus-enriched soil is best.
A bushy Australian rainforest tree or shrub with clusters of fragrant white flowers. The flowers look like Jasmine while the fruits are red like berries.